The Philadelphia Eagles land an unappreciated but very talented coaching staff.
After Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson was fired the search for the next head coach started. And like the search back in 2016 where Pederson was eventually hired, the Eagles held several interviews. There were many reports the Eagles were not a hot destination for a lot of the new head coaching candidates. Similar to Pederson, when Nick Sirianni was hired, he was criticized.
It’s almost like Howie and Jeff were trying to recreate the hire of Pederson because there are too many parallels. Sirianni does not have much experience with play-calling but will assume that role with the Eagles. Pederson and Sirianni are also first-time head coaches. They are both branches off coaching trees of previous Eagles coaches. Pederson from Andy Reid and Sirianni from Frank Reich. Finally, they were both considered ‘yes men’ that the front office could control and many pundits did not believe either could command a locker room.
The beginning of the Sirianni era got off to a rough start. His introductory presser was widely mocked and continued the narrative that he wasn’t fit to be an NFL head coach.
Throughout the offseason, Sirianni demonstrated on many occasions that not only can he gain the respect of his players, but that his football IQ is not to be underestimated. He filled out a wonderful staff that consists of former LA Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen (who will assume the same role in Philly), Florida QB coach Brian Johnson, and former Indianapolis Colts secondary coach as his defensive coordinator.
The knock on the previous staff was that they did not adapt well and failed to develop talent. This staff is the direct contrast, Howie Roseman got it right with the hire of Nick Sirianni and his staff.